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About Brasserie Athenee
A rich elegant atmosphere with simply great French food.
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 1:00am
$30 and under
N, R & W trains to 49th Street, A, C & E trains to 42nd Street/Port Authority, and 1 train to 50th Street.
Brasserie Athenee Ratings and Reviews
Not sure why this restaurant is rated as highly as it is. The food was just average, ditto the service, but what really annoyed me was that they served those little pre-packaged cups of "breakfast syrup" (actually corn syrup) that you get at breakfast in a Hampton Inn or similar chain motel. We ordered french toast and pancakes, and this was the accompanying "syrup." For $10 or $11 each, genuine maple syrup would have been appropriate. Actually, in a Hampton Inn, you are also offered the "sugar-free" breakfast syrup, so at least there, if one wants the flavor of maple syrup, it's possible to avoid the calories. Not here.
I had the best escargot I’ve ever had, and the lamb shank was amazing. The lamb chops were underwhelming next to the shank but were still good. I had two whiskey sours and the first was very weak but the second was perfect so drinks are hit or miss. Out server was wonderful, didn’t interrupt us and wasn’t too chatty but was friendly and gave great food and wine recommendations, she really knew the menu. I will absolutely eat here next time I’m in town.
I met 3 out-of-town friends for lunch on a Tuesday. The service and the food are excellent - I've had dinner here many times but never brunch. Highly recommend it, especially on regular, not matinee, days. My 3 friends were very impressed and will return whenever they're in town, I'm sure.
Salade niçoise le thon inmangeable, boeuf bourguignon manque de goût et de légumes d’accompagnement, ps de ventillation nos vêtements sont imprégnés d’odeur de bouffe. J’y étais allée , il y a qq années et c’est bcp mieux.
The space is nice and convenient to the theater district. Overall, the food was disappointing. I ordered steak frites and it was only passable which was disappointing given this was a french bistro. My wife ordered the seafood risotto and said it was the worse risotto she had ever had. The seafood was okay (clams, mussels) but the risotto was not cooked correctly. My daughter had the mussels and french fries which she liked.
Was going to a show and went solo. Ordered muscles there were filled with grit. Only ate 5 max and bus boy ushered the plate off without questioning why I only ate 5 muscles. spoke with the hostess, who's response was. Well..... When you don't eat your meal and you need to have a drive attention to that fact. It's a sad commentary on the service. When you indeed speak to someone and their immediate reaction isn't an apology, it's unforgivable.
Like most NYC restaurants it is small and tables are packed tight and seemingly put wherever they can be placed. We were on an open corner at the end of a row. No place for two sets of legs under the table and one chair was in the throughway. That said, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would absolutely go there again.
Pre-Theater menu options are limited, but the service was extremely slow. I had to ask twice where our main courses were. Tables that were seated well after ours were served and left before we got our mains delivered, which should have been hotter. Second time dining here, same experience. It's off my list now; pity, because the location is ideal for many theatres.
On a very cold night, the French onion soup really hit the spot! The broth that included five kinds of onions was very substantial and we enjoyed the way the cheese with baked. Our entrées of doc and Fisch were good but the real winner was the crème brûlée. We really enjoyed the ambience and thought we were in Paris.
I felt borderline racism in the restaurant. The moment I walked in the treatment was different. I don't even think the service was great but I would feel guilty not leaving at least 15% it was definitely an uncomfortable meal.
Food was also way too salty, I was dehydrated for the night
Dynamically located on the corner of 8th Ave and W 46th Street. This lovely place has plenty of seats where you can gaze at the passersby, including at the bar. The food leans to Greek and French with a few surprises included. The food was good, as was the service. Nice evening.
Something's changed here. Our meals were ordinary, bland. This had been our go-to pre-theater brasserie with many French and Greek classics but the quality has dropped. We ordered a Greek mezze plate - 3 tiny scoops of spreads and a lot (too many) pita points, essentially a plate of bread - and an arugula salad with poached pear (better). For our entrees we had fennel crusted salmon this time - it had only the lightest dusting of crushed fennel seed (if at all) - imperceptible and beef noir, which turned out to be 3 medallions of pot roast with plain tomato sauce spread on top. Dessert was a soggy piece of almond cake. We won't be back.
The service was terrible and the food was cold. In fact, I got very sick about 2am after our meal there. I can't say exactly what it was that made me so sick, but due to the temperature of the food, I have significant concerns about its safety. I had escargot for an appetizer and the steak frites for dinner plus a glass of Riesling. Our server was inattentive, we waiting a long time between the appetizers and the main meal (at least an hour), and those who ordered the fixed prix menu had to ask for their dessert. Even though our reservation was at 5:30, we barely made our theater events at 8PM. The tables sitting around us that came after we arrived were served before us. I will not be back.
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